Re: herneated disc on C7, surgery to prevent nerve dying?
I wish I could remember well enough to tell you how long it took for my arm to be pretty much normal again. I don't think it took very long. I didn't notice the weakness until I compared it to the other arm. Because I was dealing with the pain, I wasn't functioning in a normal way, mostly resting, not moving. I was keeping that arm over my head a lot, which gave some relief. I can really relate to the anxiety of being told that sooner is better than later for the surgery. How nice it would be in these situations to know with certainty which decision has the best outcome. The surgery was scheduled for maybe 2 wks after I was starting to have the symptoms. I agonized over the decision, trying to research, and that's how I ended up on this HealthBoards. The comment from James about letting it resolve itself, and the advice of a chiropractor to allow my body time to heal... really helped me decide. Plus, it seemed to be getting better. It happened all of the sudden, was horrible for about a week and a half, and then it gradually went away, over 2 or 3 months. Do you think the weakness/numbness is improving or getting worse?
Last edited by rbeck; 04-05-2013 at 02:33 PM.